Alasando ~ Beetroot Sukke / Yard Long Bean ~ Beetroot Spicy Dry Masala Curry ...... Goes well with Dal - Chawal or Chapati ......
Sukke as most of the Sarawat Konkani’s know is a semi dry curry that is served as a side dish along with other dishes and Dal-Chawal. Goes well with roti / chapathi too. Sukke can be prepared with any veggies though tuber varities is the most common ones. Here is my very own take off on the same. I have prepared the same dish with Alsando (Yard long bean) and Beetroot. The dish goes well as an accompaniment with Dalitoy (Spiced tuvar dal) and SheetHa (Rice). Also goes well with Roti / Chapati / Poori / Dosa etc.
Peel of the skin and cut into long strips of about ¼ inch in thickness 2 large sized or 3 medium sized beetroots. Cut yard long beans into 2 inch pieces. You should have about 2-3 cups of these. Wash both beetroot and bean pieces in water, drain and add it into a pressure cooker pan. Add about one cup of water and pressure cook on medium flame to 2 whistles. Let the pressure fall on its own. Then remove it and keep it aside.
For masala : Heat 1 tsp oil in a small kadai. Add 1tsp of urad dal, 2tsp of coriander seeds and let fry a bit, add 6-7 Red chillies (Kashmiri/Bedgi/Kumte chillies). Add this all into a mixer grinder and rrind along with 1 heaped cup of freshly grated coconut and a small marble sized tamarind to paste not very fine/nor too coarse.
Add in the ground masala and the cooked veggies into a thick bottomed kadai, mix well, add water if necessary, but remember this is a semi dry curry, so use water sparingly. Add in salt to taste and cook on low heat till bubbles appear on top. Keep mixing often to avoid masala getting burnt as this is a semi dry curry.
For Seasoning : Heat 2 tsp of oil in a small pan, when hot add in 1 tsp of mustard seeds (sasam), when they splutter add 10-12 curry leaves and fry a bit.
Pour this over the cooked curry, cover and keep aside for some time for the flavours to seep in. Alasando ~ Beetroot Sukke / Yard Long Bean ~ Beetroot Spicy Dry Masala Curry is ready to be seved. Serve hot as an accompaniment with dishes of your choice.